How Understanding Ping Makes You a Better Gamer
Is your ping speed causing the rubber band effect while you game? Here’s why it matters.
Here’s a look into what ping is, why it matters when playing online games, and ways you may be able to lower it.
What is Ping?
Ping refers to reaction time between your connected device and another device or server. It’s the “lag” time when you wait for a message or take an action that requires a response from another party. A larger ping (measured in milliseconds) equates to a longer lag time. Therefore, lower ping can be ideal.
The Effects of Ping on Online Gaming
Whether you’re participating in a multi-player or single-player game, your ping dictates how smooth your overall gaming experience is. The rubber-banding effect, where, suddenly, an object has jumped from one place to the next due to high latency, can stem from ping speed. Ping goes hand in hand with fast internet service. The faster the connection between your device, and the device you are communicating with, the lower your ping.
Ways to Test Ping
The easiest way to test your ping is to use an online tool such as speed test. A ping test sends and receives packets of data to a specific address, over your internet connection. The amount of time it takes to get there is then measured and reported back to you.
How to Improve Ping Speed and Amplify Your Gaming Experience
Try these quick fixes to improve your ping:
1. Optimize your home WiFi network for maximum speed.
2. Try plugging your gaming console or computer directly into your router.
3. Shut down any running background applications.
4. Limit the amount of active device connections on your WiFi network.
5. Adjust game or connection settings to prioritize local in-game servers.
6. Consider upgrading your router to the most recent version (when applicable).